Pastoral Communities Empowerment Programme (PACEP) is an Indigenous founded and led non-governmental organization with membership passionate about long-term sustainable and self-determined solutions. It was formed by indigenous women and was legally registered under the NGOs Coordination Act now termed as Public Benefits Organization (PBO) Act registration registered on June 26th 2008 . PACEP is located in Chepareia, Pokot south sub county in West Pokot County.
PACEP was formed to implement its project intervention programs to reduce poverty , strengthen women leadership and environmental governance through socio-economic empowerment initiatives , advocacy, capacity building and training for grassroots indigenous women and youths in general to sustain their socio-economic and livelihood status.
VISION: PACEP Vision is to be an adernt human right advocate, a capacity builder that would enable marginalized communities access and enjoy their rights to the fullest.
MISSION: Our mission is to advocate for and promote the realization of rights of men, women and youths in pastoralists communities through seeking justice, training and research.
Our objectives are:
The organization main objectives focus on achieving results in the following areas:-
- To address and mitigate persistent and increasing burden of poverty among Indigenous communities experienced due to many factors that are complex in nature advanced by factors from within and without the Community.
- To reduce inequalities faced by women, girls and youth that are advanced by patriarchal society such as inequality between men and women in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels
- To address inequality in economic structures and policies, in all forms of productive activities and in access to resources faced by the communities
- There is prevalence of Violence against women such as FGM , Forced marriage and early marriages and inadequacies in health care and related services thus the organization aim to promote respect and protection of human rights for all
- Promote indigenous Access, use, and management of natural resources and conserving of the environment by protecting indigenous communities territories /land
- Address cultural erosion that is being experienced in the community.
- Promote peace among the indigenous communities.
Our values are rooted in our belief of collective work, fairness, inclusiveness, Stewardship, Integrity, Transparency ,Best Practice, Leadership and Interdependence, God fearing, gender equality, Creativity, Reliability and respect of traditional knowledge.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We are committed to the social, political and economic empowerment of Indigenous women, men and youth and the self determine development of our communities. We pride ourselves in collectively addressing our communitys’ challenges .
Our work is primarily focused on indigenous peoples with a special focus on indigenous women and youth. We have crosscutting themes as capacity building ,training advocacy, research and publication.
Governance, Rights and Leadership program
PACEP is committed to strengthening indigenous women and youth leadership capacity and skills to engage in public policy space and decision making and strengthening indigenous women and youth institutions as change agency. PACEP has a training program for Indigenous women and their groups on women’s rights, group dynamics ,leadership and management(financial and human resources. As well training on women and leadership.
Sustainable Livelihoods Programme
PACEP supports the empowerment of indigenous peoples with a special focus on women and youth economically to enhance their livelihoods through training son on micro enterprises, market access, conservation agriculture and supports them with small grants to start their business e.g in poultry, agriculture, etc
Environment governance programme
At the core of our work is advocacy and initiatives on environmental governance with a focus on community based climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives and policy advocacy and biodiversity conservation. We undertake training sessions and implement community based initiatives on biodiversity conservation with a focus on forest, inland waters and dry lands ecosystems and community based adaptation and mitigation initiatives through tree planting, reforestation, tree nurseries, fuel efficient cook-stoves etc.
Land is an important resource in development for Indigenous peoples
PACEP on land rights seeks to influence decision makers on land reform to alter laws, regulations and customs regarding land ownership and equip the communities with knowledge on land and resource rights. The organization is aware that land hosts many resources – renewable and non-renewable and for that reason it means that “No land rights no resource rights”
Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights(SRHR) Programme
The work under SRHR is focused on advancing indigenous peoples rights regarding sexual and reproductive health and in advocating for and raising awareness on the need for a culturally appropriate sexual and reproductive health access. This programme has a special focus on Indigenous women and girls.
Networking with Indigenous peoples/women network in Kenya and beyond
Since inception PACEP prides itself in building networks and patnership with other indigenous organizations within our community, in Kenya and outside. We have been able to engage in policy processes on Indigenous women’s rights and regional and global indigenous women conferences, Indigenous peoples platform on environment. In West Pokot County PACEP has started West Pokot pastoral Women’s Network a platform of indigenous women’s groups and community based organization to strengthen indigenous womens change agency in policy and community development. We are also members of Tastagh consortium a group of 5 indigenous organizations operating in West Pokot County focusing on gender equality and women empowerment, youth, democracy and governance , peace and environmental governance. This consortium aims to harness joint efforts in development work and policy advocacy in our region. ,
School of Living Traditions
PACEP has a school of living tradition, a platform for indigenous knowledge holders to dialogue and share on traditional challenges and its revitalizing. In partnership with (insert Mauricio’s organization) , PACEP a held a seriee of dialogue with traditional healers and practitioners and other knowledge holders like for ecosystems. This dialogue is an ongoing work to support the revitalization and protection of traditional knowledge important for Pokot people sustenance and future.
PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
PACEP has had experience experience in implementing successful community led initiatives over a period of 10 years . Since our inception, we we have had initiatives and achievements on the following:
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Programme
We are currently implementing a 3 month project on “Action to Strengthen Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls in the Context of COVID in Chepareria Division ” with the aim to improve capacities of women and girls and youth to make informed choices and improved access to SRH services.
We implemented an imitative with the National Aids Control Council (NACC) that resulted in reduction of HIV /AIDS Infections as per the data from the local health centre.
We also supported campaigns against Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages.
Sustainable Livelihood Programme
In partnership with community based organisation working with indigenous women we are training and supporting women to implement poultry initiative and to access markets, this is with support from the ministry of agriculture. We have in the past successfully implemented initiative aimed to bring positive changes in the livelihood practices of women groups and hopefully influence community perception of womens role in community development. The livelihood opportunities / income generating activities targeted are the existing socio-cultural practices of the women group that needs strengthening. The skill building measures are planned to improve the effectiveness of the existing livelihood practices hence ensure sustainability rather than impose new livelihood options.
In 2018 we received funding from FIMI to empower Indigenous women on micro enterprise development. This resulted in women setting up small businesses, strengthening existing businesses and engagement in other income generating activities on poultry, bee keeping and value addition to products.
Governance, Rights and Leadership programme
- Promoting women’s capacity on human rights and leadership opportunities
- Combating gender-based violence
- Generating spaces where women get together to share their daily challenges to seek better opportunities in life.
- Supporting women to participate in public forums, where county budget and development plans were made.
In 10 years we have been able to establish Pokot women Network comprising of groups from the sub counties of West Pokot County.
PACEP has trained more than 53 indigenous women groups from different villages in West Pokot County on poultry keeping ,bee keeping, conservation agriculture and micro enterprise development . Supporting the indigenous women with small grants has really been helpful in helping women have an income. “The indigenous women get enhanced skills useful for improving their income earning potential” says Rodah. “
Women voices have been strengthened and we can proudly boast of women active participation in public decision making forums.
PACEP has management structure in place. We have an advisory board membership in place, we have a chairperson, vice chair ,treasurer and members who have different tasks .
PACEP has governing constitution that determine the day to day running of the organization and management.
The Chair and vice chair and secretary guided by the constitution call for meeting as required and document meeting proceedings.
When it comes to projects, PACEP has a team of staff and volunteers experienced in organization development planning and management, finance, monitoring and evaluation and community development.
PACEP has organization policies in place to govern its work. We have policies on human resource, procurement, financial management, Gender etc